It had been about 4 years since my last New Orleans visit, so on a recent trip there in November trip with my college roommates (Hi PHPs!), I was very happy to visit all my old favorites – mentioned here previously. But, we also happily sought out a few new spots and as always, New Orleans delivered – especially in the food department! A few of note to add:
La Boulangerie (4600 Magazine St., Uptown) – Incredible baked goods, and raves of perfection have been heard about their traditional baguettes.
Sucre – a pristine sweets shop, they have cupcakes, gelato and perfect little truffles and chocolates, but we went in for their macaroons, which we found to be lovely. If memory serves me, the salted caramel, chicory and peppermint were our favorites.
Creole Creamery – an old school ice cream shop vibe, but with a wide spectrum of inventive flavors.
Ignatius Eatery (4200 Magazine St, Uptown) – just a few blocks away from our rental house, we went in looking for a solid lunch in this charming old corner-grocery style restaurant. We ended up coming away with what was probably our most favorite meal of this trip. The Shrimp Etouffee was incredible, as well as the Shrimp Remoulade Po’boy.
Willie Mae’s Scotch House Restaurant ( 2401 Saint Ann St, 7th Ward ) – Historically run by a spitfire of a woman – Willie Mae, still going strong – and is now run faithful to history by her granddaughter. There was a huge volunteer effort to bring this place back after Hurricane Katrina – and I am so happy I got a chance to check it out. Dang. Incredible fried chicken! Accompanied by very lovely and comforting red beans and rice, butter beans and cornbread – but it is really all about the chicken, made to order.
The Columns Victory Lounge – Not a new one for me, but it does deserve a mention, since I have found myself at this timeless gathering spot almost every visit to New Orleans going way back to undergrad. Tuck yourself into one of the rooms of the main floor, or amongst the grand columns on the porch for a cocktail – this is hands-down my favorite place for a Sazerac Rye.
Laissez les bons temps rouler!